The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Faculty Groups

Faculty Groups


These faculty-driven initiatives identify a need and develop resources for mutual support. If you’d like to form a group, please contact facultydiversity@umass.edu with a brief description.

Working Around the Pandemic: A Collaborative for Caregivers

Perhaps one of the greatest disruptions of the pandemic has been the shift to working from home, with all the difficulties that entails. This faculty group is a forum to connect caregivers as they seek to balance their caregiving responsibilities with work goals and personal needs. This group offers participants an opportunity to exchange ideas and provide support by developing both individual strategies and collaborative programs of mutual aid.

Co-conveners:
Amel Ahmed, Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Angélica Bernal, Associate Professor of Political Science, Academic Fellows Program Director

The Blacklist: Women Faculty of Color Group

This group brings together self-identified women faculty of color in order to facilitate mentoring networks, community building and enhance the capacity of women faculty of color as talented leaders on the UMass Amherst campus and in their fields. This ADVANCE funded initiative is led by Mari Castañeda, Miliann Kang, Benita Barnes, and Nef Walker. Please contact Mari Castañeda (mari@comm.umass.edu) to learn more about the initiative. 

Trauma and the Scholar 

This informal discussion group focuses on the challenges of teaching and researching the colonial and imperial past and how it affects scholars’ mental and physical well-being. The group meets once a month to share experiences and stories of teaching/researching related topics at UMass and how to cultivate self-care. Please contact facultydiversity@umass.edu for more information.